Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 10:56 am

Dear WWU Community,

A couple of weeks back, Provost Carbajal and I shared with you some reflections on our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI) work, including an update on several facets of our collective work in advancing DEI at Western.

In our update, we…

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Message to Campus
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Dear Western Community,

Recently, we have been in several conversations within our university community and beyond on the priorities for higher education as we emerge from the health pandemic.  Western is not unique in being under pressure from pandemic-related enrollment declines, loss of critical auxiliary revenue, reduction in state funding, and threats to equitable access and…

Continue reading Reflections on Our DEI Work
Message to Campus
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:42 am

Dear Western Community,

As we look ahead to the days getting longer and brighter, I am also eagerly looking forward to bringing our Western community back together.  The introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gives us reason to believe that conditions will begin to improve as we approach fall quarter. 

Continue reading Plans for Returning to Campus this Fall
Message to Campus
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 10:20 am

Dear Western Students,

The first days of the new year have provided no respite from one of the most challenging years in living memory, as the nation deals with astounding post-holiday COVID spikes, with some areas, including the northern part of Whatcom County, seeing a tripling of infection rates in just the past week

Continue reading Toward a Better and Brighter Year in 2021: A message to WWU students
Message to Campus
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 2:49 pm

Dear Western Community,

No words can do justice to the profoundly disturbing political violence that unfolded yesterday in the heart of our nation’s capital.  The appalling images of extremists defacing the inner sanctum of our democracy, and of lawmakers being rushed by Capitol police to safe rooms have shocked the world.  January 6, 2021 will be remembered as one of the darkest days in…

Continue reading On the Violence in Our Nation's Capital
Message to Campus
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 9:47 am


Dear Western Community,

We are nearing the end of a year unlike any other in our history. I imagine that you are looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020, and welcoming a healthier, safer, and brighter 2021, as much as I am.

I am deeply grateful to our faculty, staff and students for…

Continue reading The “Pandemic Year” in Review
Message to Campus
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 12:14 pm


Dear Western Community,

As we anxiously await the outcome of the 2020 election on Tuesday, I am reaching out to ask that over the next few days you take extra care of yourself and those around you, and if you haven’t already and are able to do so, please vote.

This has been a long and difficult election season for many, exacerbated by the challenges of the COVID pandemic.…

Continue reading Preparing for Election Day 2020
Message to Campus
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Dear Western Community,

On Monday, October 12 we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a moment that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.  I am honored to have a growing community of Indigenous people at Western, including 954 students at all Western campuses who identify in some way as Indigenous: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and…

Continue reading Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Finding Commonality While Celebrating Our Differences
Message to Campus
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:16 pm

Dear WWU Students and Families,

We hope you are all well and safe. I am writing to provide an update as you prepare for fall quarter.

You will recall that in May, Western’s Fall Academic Planning Group recommended a hybrid model of instruction with most classes offered remotely and approximately 20% of classes offered in person.  Unfortunately, since that time infection rates have…

Continue reading WWU Fall 2020 Update from the President
Message to Campus
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:52 pm

Dear Western Washington University Community,

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that blocks the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  We applaud this decision, especially at a time when so many DACA recipients are performing essential work on the front lines of our nation’s fight against COVID-19.

Continue reading Regarding the Supreme Court Decision to Uphold DACA